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Grateful Dead Live at Meramec Community College on 1970-05-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Meramec Community College on 1970-05-14

Topics Live concert

Acoustic: Don't Ease Me In, Friend Of The Devil, Deep Elem, Silver Threads, Candyman

Electric: Casey Jones, China Cat Sunflower > jam > I Know You Rider, Mama Tried > High Time, drums > Good Lovin' > drums > Good Lovin', Schoolgirl, Me And My Uncle, Dire Wolf, Cold Rain & Snow, Attics Of My Life*, Cumberland Blues, New Speedway Boogie > Nobody's Fault jam* > New Speedway Boogie > St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > Turn On Your Lovelight,

E: Cold Jordan

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Meramec Community College
Location Kirkwood, MO

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MR > ? > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
Transferred by Dan Capshaw, Walter Schnell and JCotsman


* first known performances.

SBD>MR>?>D>CD>EAC>SHN (acoustic set); SBD>MR>D>CD>EAC>SHN (electric set);

--Complete show except for Dire Wolf and Cold Jordan, which are probably not on the masters;
--Mickey Hart is absent from this show
--Sound Forge was used to correct the pitch of the acoustic set and for normalization.
--a slightly higher generation sbd source patches most of Candyman, from 1:37 to the end.
--the first couple notes are clipped from Mama Tried
--minor clip at the beginning of New Speedway


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2017
Subject: --
You'll just flat-out fall in love with this show. It's tight, compact, 1970 Dead at its most wicked-whiplash, that spidery sound; Jerry in particular is rather out of control on the fretboards tonight.

The acoustic stuff is just fine; you might want to head over to the Warner-Evans board for the NRPS set; barring a few tunes that are abruptly cut, spliced, or faded, it really does make for a nice *break* in the middle of all the rest of this madness.

The electric set has a LOT of highlights; things start picking up with that beautiful middle triptych of High Time, Good Lovin' (I mean, *wow!*) and Jerry searing the HELL out of his slide guitar on Schoolgirl.

...and starting with New Speedway until the end of the show - a suite of rapid-fire-adjoined tunes, punctuated in particular by a completely shattering jam in the middle of St. Stephen - oh baby, hang on! This is absolutely top-notch Dead music.

Do go to the SirMick version uploaded in 2016; there's the missing DIre Wolf and Cold Jordan, finally!
Reviewer: John Ellis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2016
Subject: Mickey Hart played at this show
I've seen on a lot of sites that Mickey was not playing at this show. That's not true. He was there. The New Riders played a short set at Washington University the night before (5.13.1970). They played unannounced (for free) at Wash' U's Quadrangle, which is where they played on 4.17.1969. At that time, the New Riders consisted of Garcia, Lesh, Hart, Marmaduke and David Nelson.
Reviewer: Mr. Insight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2015
Subject: Truckinspiration
They played a Tim Leary defense fundraiser in The Village on Monday.
It's Thursday outside St. Louis and they'll be back in NY tomorrow night at the Fillmore East.
All told.
Good night.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2014
Subject: best vintage
Schoolgirl and New Speedway rip.
Reviewer: DeadFish 1969 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2011
Subject: Haven't heard it since that night...
Aw kids, it isn't always about the sound quality. This show lives in my heart, happening in a little college gym, supposed to have a local band called "The Aardvarks" open but got acoustic Dead and NRPS! Never heard either before!
Wow. At the first break, chatted up PigPen for an autograph and Garcia bummed a cigarette. Sat on the corner of the stage for the rest.
Found a boot middle set a while back, but I've never heard the whole show since the night it played. Ah what fun! Maybe not their strongest, but it was an earnest show. Thanks so much for bringing old braincells alive after 41 years!
What a hoot!
Reviewer: PlanetaryTone - - January 12, 2011
Subject: oh man..
I'm aching for the Dire Wolf and Cold Jordan..!
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2009
Subject: Lovelight!
Only listened to acoustic set and Speedway thru lovelight. Lovelight is certainly a special one. Great energy and quite a different version from those 69' hall-stoppers. Instead were treated to less distortion, and a very well executed Allman-Dead esque stretch ending.

"The Grateful Dead did way to much acid so they started playing like cowboys."

Nice underdog show for the legendary next night to come.
Reviewer: mikemar58 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2008
Subject: Solid Show
I've just found this site after being tipped off by an old friend. I've been having flashbacks ever since! I saw my first Dead show in Philly at the Civic center in '74 and caught a lot of the East Coast College shows over the next few years. This has a "laid back" feel even though the boys are workin' hard. I like the set list and the sound is way better than any of my old trader tapes. There's enough highlights in this show to make it worth 4 stars, for sure!!

I'm just happy to have found this site and love the fact that I can listen to every show they ever played - Freakin' AWESOME!! Now if someone could clue me in to how I can download this stuff....
Reviewer: Young Blood - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2007
Subject: Well I'll be dammned
If Dr. Flashback is putting this in his top 10 then it must be aiight. An I B gaddammed that sumbitch is right. Great sound quality for the era especially considering the quality of the other existing shows in the previeous month. Great show all around. Great acoustic set, unique. Great Electric set, energetic and inspired.
Reviewer: Kola67 - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2006
Subject: Just not a 5 star show
I downloaded this show for a few reasons: to hear the Dead in one of my favorite years, for the Attics (among other tasty songs in this set list), and to hear the New Speedway-->Nobody's Fault-->New Speedway sandwich. The sound quality of this show is excellent, but I find the playing to be uninspired, even Pig who brings the energy isn't at his peak IMO, though the Lovelight is truly exceptional. Garcia is definitely average considering how many stellar performances he had in this time period. I guess I feel it's borderline 3/4 stars because I'm comparing it unfavorably to monumental shows that preceeded and followed it, but the truth is it's a show I probably won't revisit much because beyond Lovelight there's no one song that was performed so well it calls me back, and there's lots of other great shows out there to listen to. Most notably for those of you who haven't happened across it is the 4/15/70 show which smokes from start to finish

as an addendum to Yippierb....sorry if I kill your buzz by not rating every show 5 stars, but I like to read reviews where the guy put some some thought into it, and I like to discriminate when I write em. 3 stars isn't horrible, it's average, and for 1970 this show is average
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2006
Subject: Oh
God forbid this show wasn't played in New York or California.
Not Fade Away( by itself ) won't be found better than that one.
China Cat Sunflower has a good tempo.

By chance I heard this show while indisposed and the Cold Rain and Snow always had an upliftance to it.
Reviewer: yippierb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2005
Subject: are you kidding kola
anytime you've got Candyman, Hightime and Attics what more do you want..oh! some bad ass jamming on a bunch of our all time favs is here . Just a total killer. The DR. is right this is a sleeper. 90% of the folks that were at this one became Deadheads for life. Pig and Kreutz are on fire...I'm gone... there must be a mojo draft in the fridg...God Bles y'al
Reviewer: rodzu - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2005
Subject: One of my favorite shows
Downloaded this back in December and listened to it a few times then. Listened to it again yesterday (with a better MP3 player), and found it even tastier than I remembered. Amazing (slide?) guitar on Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, energetic New Speedway Boogie, beautiful (first) Attics.

Vocals spot on throughout. Jerry hits all the right notes in intro to St. Stephen. Levels a bit low during the great acoustic set. Fast becoming one of my favorite shows.
Reviewer: Conewrench - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2005
Subject: So glad I found it...
lost my tape of this Favourite show back in 1990. Couldn't believe I found this here. :) :) ;0

Best wishes & love to all.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2005
Subject: Pig Alert
Hot good lovin and Pig is on fire with the harmonica. Nice period show. The momentum begins to pickup in earnest around New Speedway, Soulful nobody's jam.... Hotttt St. Stephan..Excellent NFA jam and pig to wrap it up with a sizzling lovelight...
Reviewer: Polka - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2005
Subject: Another must have
The acoustic set is real sweet, featuring one of my favorites, Silver Threads.

Yes, the Lovin', Schoolgirl, and Lovelight are all excellent, as you can read below, but for me, the kicker is an insanely jammed Speedway. Jerry just punches you right in the guts. Rarely will you hear him get nastier in his singing and between-verse riffing. He sounds like Pig in parts.

Sound: B+
Show: A

You can't overlook this track, jack!
Reviewer: saved by rock and roll - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2005
Subject: terrific
schoolgirl down to lovelight is just fire. i know the college they played this at and just cant believe it its a great show if ur looking for a real suprise. u can just hear the emotions from the whole band. download it.
Reviewer: Spacebot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2005
Subject: GREAT!
this show and the halloween show of 1970 are currently battling it out for the title of my favourite 1970 show. this ones got a killer st. stephen that could easily rival the one on LIVE/DEAD. i also really dig jerry and bob's opening acoustic set. i really like this show, i hope you do too!
Reviewer: drewdfwmcarter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2004
Subject: Good Show
I go to this school it is 2miles from my house. When i first saw it online line i was like holycrap. I can still here the music going threw the hallways. The first verison i had sucked this one is way better. Even though i am parshall to it this show still Rocks!!
Reviewer: JohnOO - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2004
Subject: New speedway boogie
I heard most of this show a few years ago, I never noticed that there was only one drummer (Billy, according to the txt file). Great show, kinda over shadowed by the following night, but I prefer this one.
Enjoy it!
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2004
Subject: Top 10!
A great little sleeper show and one of the first 1970 shows I collected on tape. Not as good as the night after, for obvious reasons. And not really a tripped out kinda show. But boy, do thet play their asses off! The Good Lovin is spectacular. And a rare (the first) Attics is nice to hear. But the show stopper is the New Speedway thru NFA and Lovelight - one of Pig's greatest. This show must be heard LOUD! Recommended.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: beckettwatt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2004
Subject: Good Show
You can't go wrong with 1970 and this confirms that notion once again. Highlights include the New Speedway->Nobody's Fault->New Speedway jam, an increasingly rare Schoolgirl, and, of course, the NFA->Lovelight, played at a breakneck fast tempo. The jam into Lovelight from NFA is extremely hot and is a good example of how the Dead worked the song in this year-it would become far more laconic in the early part of '71 before picking up when Keith took over the keys. Sound quality is a little rough but still quite listenable-this is 2/13/70 in sound compared to most of those '69 soundboards. An excellent show, and much more entertaining than the following night's concert (actually, because of the presence of only one drummer and mimimal organ, this may be of interest to early '71 fans too).
Reviewer: cool_breeze - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2004
Subject: Spectacular Lovelight...
Your speakers will be dripping with sweat after pumping out the high-voltage Lovelight from this show. IMHO, one of the best ever.
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